About Abbie

Filmmaker | Presenter | Adventurer 

Abbie Barnes

I have been producing films since the age of 13. My first short film about the devastating effects of palm oil production won a place in a national competition and opened up the opportunity for me to speak in the European Parliament to MEPs about the importance of ingredient labels on products. I then went on to establish a production company, Song Thrush Productions. Since then my work has gained national and international recognition and I have produced films for companies and events of all shapes and sizes—from the United Nations and Jurassic Coast UNESCO team, to town councils, educational charities and fundraising events.

The Beginnings of WILD

In 2016 I established Spend More Time In The WILD after realising the power of speaking openly and authentically about my personal struggles with mental ill health. The goal of WILD is to inspire and empower individuals to enjoy more quality time outside for the benefit of improving mental and physical health and wellbeing, whilst building meaningful connections with the natural world and each other. Just like I do. Over the years WILD has grown into a worldwide community of passionate and courageous individuals working together to enjoy the beauty of our wild spaces and protect them for generations to come.


Visit the 'Spend More Time In The WILD' page to find out more.



Shortlisted for 'Park Protector Award', 2022

Winner of 'BMC Women In Adventure, Most Viewed Film Award', 2021

Shortlisted for 'BMC Women In Adventure', 2020

Global Youth Awards - 'Environmental Rejuvenation - Demonstration of Leadership', 2018

Shortlisted for 'BMC Women In Adventure', 2018

'Wild Film Fest' - adventure film winner, 2018

Speaker at the Wildscreen Film Festival, 2016

Environmental Steward for the IUCN World Conservation Congress, 2016 

Open University and BBC 'Earth In Vision' project, 2016 

Top producer credits from UN Web TV, 2016

Presenter for the United Nations World Ocean and Environment Day 2015

Former Associate of the Linnean Society of London, 2015

Received one of six places for the 'Wildscreen Roar Talent Bursary', 2014

Shortlisted for 'The Network', 2014

'Action for Nature EcoHeros Award' 2013

'Save Our Oceans, Recycle Your Plastic' - shortlisted for the Innsbruck Film Festival, 2013

'Save Our Oceans, Recycle Your Plastic' - winner of the EcoTales Film Festival, 2013

'Young Darwin Scholarship' with the Field Studies Council 2012

'Palm Oil' - winner of the Young People's Trust For The Environment Film Competition, 2012

Behind the Lens

Professional Life

I am a qualified wellness coach and personal trainer, training clients on a 1-1 and small group basis. I am also a

beginners running coach and class instructor, teaching Boxercise, Group Cycle and Circuits.

I am a qualified Mountain Leader and Hill and Moorland Leader, a certified Outdoor First Aider and Mental Health First Aider. I offer group walks and talks in the wilder areas of the UK for those looking to head outside for the first time. 

Please visit the 'WILD Walks and Weekend Events' page to find out more.

I offer speaking events and workshops across the country which explore how we can all take steps to safeguard our mental health and wellbeing through time spent in the natural world.

Please visit my 'speaking' page for more information.

I am a qualified PADI Open Water Diver, an experienced bushcraft instructor,  and am studying for two diplomas, one in Nutritional Therapy and the other in Life Coaching.








Personal Life

I am an enthusiastic long-distance backpacker, traditional archer, trail runner, musician, dog lover, and handpan player.  I am also a journeying Christian passionate about discovering my true value in Christ and cherish spending time with my church family.

10 Random Facts About Me:

1). Whats you're favourite childhood book? - I loved the Redwall Series by Brian Jaques

2). Are you a morning or evening person? - Morning, for sure!

3). If you were reincarnated as an ice-cream flavour what would you be? - Can I be a sorbet? If so, lemon! Or mango!

4). What did you want to be when you grew up? - An African safari guide or pilot

5). What is one thing you would advise your younger self? - Your life matters. Do not be afraid to live it true to your values, hopes, goals and dreams. Do not be afraid of you

6). Favourite food off the trail? - I LOVE fresh produce. Salads with all the colours, veggies and humous; oh, and wheaten bread is a big thing right now

7). What historical period would you like to experience? - Perhaps I'd be a Viking for a day or two. But a nice Viking, ideally

8). Favourite animal? - Elephants, then bears, then birds of prey

9). How tall are you? - 5' 7" ish (depends on the day)

10). Favourite season? - Spring. No, autumn. Or summer. Actually, winter is nice too... all of them!

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